Amelia is sometimes confused with the name Emilia, which has a different meaning, "Rival." Amelia became a popular given name in England after the German House of Hanover came to rule in the 18th century. George II and George III both had daughters named Amelia. Amelie is the French version of the name Amelia. Common nicknames include Amy, Mia, Millie, Melie, and Ames.
Renowned pilot Amelia Earhart is typically considered the most famous Amelia. History shows a Saint Amelia, mother herself to five saints: Reineldis, Ermelindis, Pharaildis, Amebert, and Gudula. Other famous Amelias include two princesses (Princess Amelia of Great Britain and Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom) and several actresses (Amelia Bullmore, Amelia Luckinbill,and Minnie Driver, who was born Amelia Fiona Driver in 1970).
Amelia is also a popular name in fiction, including Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish), Amelia Bones in the Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), and Amelia Sachs from the Lincoln Rhyme series of books by Jeffrey Deaver. On screen Amelias include Amelia (Amy) Pond from Doctor Who Amelia Voght in X-Men, and Amelia (Mia) Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries.
Other than being a town in Italy, Amelia is also a town in many U.S. states, including Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.